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10:00pm

Thu June 9, 2011
StoryCorps

NBA Referee's Father: 'I Watch Every Game'

Leon Kogut, 63, spoke with his son, NBA referee Marat Kogut, 31, at StoryCorps in New York.
StoryCorps

Having a career in the NBA would be a dream for many athletes and sports fans. For Marat Kogut, 31, his long-held dream came true when he became an NBA referee, in 2009. It was an outcome that may have seemed unlikely when Kogut's family emigrated from Ukraine in 1979.

Marat was just a newborn when his family came to the United States. They settled in Brooklyn, where his father, Leon, eventually opened his own barbershop. Speaking in New York recently, the two recalled how Marat decided on his future career at a very early age.

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5:42pm

Thu June 9, 2011
Music Interviews

A Big, Phat 'Rhapsody In Blue'

Originally published on Fri June 10, 2011 9:13 pm

Gordon Goodwin arranged "Rhapsody In Blue" for his Big Phat Band.
Concord Music Group

When one of this country's greatest composers died at age 39, novelist John O'Hara said, "George Gershwin died on July 11, 1937. But I don't have to believe it if I don't want to."

As is true for so many top musicians, Gershwin's works — his popular songs, his opera Porgy and Bess, his jazz-informed classical compositions — live on. Now, there's a new version of one of Gershwin's best-loved orchestral pieces, arranged for a brassy big band.

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7:37am

Thu June 9, 2011
Strange News

F-Bombs Are Protected By Free Speech

A policeman pulled over Robert McIntosh in Boulder, Colo., because he was driving 21 mpr over the limit in a school zone. McIntosh cursed at the officer, who then arrested him. But McIntosh won an out-of-court settlement for $21,000.

7:23am

Thu June 9, 2011
Strange News

Lesson Learned: Don't Name Your Boat Titanic

Mark Wilkinson of Birmingham, England, may have invited a bit of bad luck when he named his used 16-foot cabin cruiser Titanic 2. When the boat returned to harbor from its maiden voyage, it sank. The harbormaster took Titanic 2 in tow, and pulled Wilkinson out of the water.

6:43am

Thu June 9, 2011
World

Should A European Head The IMF?

Linda Wertheimer talks to Simon Johnson, the former chief economist at the IMF, about the debate over who should run the organization. For 65 years, the head of the International Monetary Fund has been chosen from industrialized Europe. Dominique Strass-Kahn of France recently resigned as head of the IMF after being arrested on charges he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in Manhattan.

6:34am

Thu June 9, 2011
Afghanistan

U.N. Tries To Clear The Way For Afghan Settlement

Rumors about peace talks between the U.S. and the Afghan Taliban have been simmering even as the summer fighting season heats up. While the substance of any talks remain unconfirmed, the United Nations may take action this month to clear away obstacles to a political settlement. U.N. officials say they want to be ready to take advantage of any opportunity for a breakthrough even in the midst of heavy fighting.

6:20am

Thu June 9, 2011
Middle East

Diplomats Meet To Plan Post-Gadhafi Libya

The world has changed in many ways the last few months, but one thing remains the same: Moammar Gadhafi is still in power in Libya's capital. Diplomats including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are gathering in the Persian Gulf city of Abu Dhabi to search for a way to remove him.

4:00am

Thu June 9, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Thu June 9, 2011
Middle East

Hundreds Of Syrian Flee Across Turkey's Border

As Syria's uprising has moved north, the government has lost control of a large swath of the country bordering Turkey. And there are reports of thousands of Syrian troops massing to retake the region. Owen Bennett Jones, a reporter with the BBC, talks to Linda Wertheimer about what refugees are saying.

4:00am

Thu June 9, 2011
NPR Story

FDA Warns Against High Doses Of Cholesterol Drug

The Food and Drug Administration is warning that a popular cholesterol drug can cause muscle damage at high doses. The FDA is telling patients to see their doctor if they're taking the highest dose of Zocor, known generically as simvastatin.

4:00am

Thu June 9, 2011
Business

Business News

Linda Wertheimer has business news.

4:00am

Thu June 9, 2011
Business

Senate Agrees To Cut In Debit Card Fees

How much you pay when you swipe your debit card will now be capped by the Federal Reserve. That's despite an effort in the Senate to delay new regulations over how much banks can charge for debit card transactions. Both banks — which collect those so-called swipe fees — and retailers — who pay them — mounted an intense lobbying effort.

4:00am

Thu June 9, 2011
Around the Nation

Calif. Could Make The Dream Act A Reality

California could give state-funded financial aid to undocumented immigrants in college. The bill, called the California Dream Act, is working its way through the state legislature. Proponents say kids who came here illegally shouldn't be punished for their parents' decisions. Opponents say that California can't afford the benefit and that it will only lead to more illegal immigration.

12:01am

Thu June 9, 2011
The Record

The Rap Songs Of The Arab Spring

Hamada Ben Amor, also known as "El General," performs during the first meeting of Tunisia's main opposition party on Jan. 29, in Tunis.
Fethi Belaid AFP/Getty Images

Since December, musicians have been responding to — and provoking — the protests in countries like Egypt and Tunisia, and much of the music being made about these movements is hip-hop. Some of these songs have played a direct role in popular uprisings, while others have helped galvanize international support. Songs are rapped in both English and Arabic, and international collaborations have helped to spread the music over the Internet, via Facebook and YouTube.

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4:23pm

Wed June 8, 2011
Music News

Palestinians In Lebanon Find A Political Tool In Hip-Hop

Walking through the serpentine streets of a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut, Mohammed Turek stops at his homemade recording studio. It measures only six by twelve feet, and the walls are covered with foam-rubber baffling and political posters. Turek, known as TNT, records tracks here for his rap group, I-Voice.

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7:37am

Wed June 8, 2011
Strange News

Missouri Shop Makes Cicada Ice Cream

Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream shop in Columbia, Mo., tried a new take on seasonal flavors: brown sugar, chocolate cicadas. The ice cream sold out immediately. Health officials advised against using the insects in food.

7:31am

Wed June 8, 2011
Animals

Runaway Sheep Captured Hearts In New Zealand

Over the weekend, a sheep named Shrek died. He was the sheep that wouldn't be shorn. According to the Telegraph newspaper, Shrek escaped his flock and his fleecing for six years. When he was finally found in a cave, his overgrown fleece made him appear triple his size.

4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
NPR Story

Big Names, Celebrities Missing From World Series Of Poker

Renee Montagne talks to Oskar Garcia, the Associated Press's Las Vegas reporter, about the start of this year's World Series of Poker. The tournament is taking a hit after the Justice Department shut down online poker operators in April.

4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
Economy

Controversial Pension Perk Up For Debate In Philadelphia

A perk that allows government workers in Philadelphia to collect on their pensions before they retire is in jeopardy. Mayor Michael Nutter says the early pensions aren't affordable. But the City Council wants to preserve them.

4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
Business

Business News

Linda Wertheimer has this morning's business news.

4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
Afghanistan

Senate Report: Examines U.S. Efforts In Afghanistan

Renee Montagne and Linda Wertheimer report on today's release of a policy review of the U.S.-led nation-building effort in Afghanistan. The review was prepared by the Democratic Majority staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
Sports

Mavericks Tie NBA Final At 2 Games Each

Originally published on Wed June 8, 2011 12:22 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

A stellar fourth quarter performance from an ailing Dirk Nowitzki pushed the Dallas Mavericks past the Miami Heat last night. Game Four of the NBA Finals went to Dallas by a score of 86-83. The best-of-seven series is now tied at two games apiece. NPR's Tom Goldman was at last night's game, he's with us from Dallas. Hi Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN: Good morning.

WERTHEIMER: So how did the Mavericks do it? How were they able to break through against the Heat right at the end?

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4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
Middle East

Mystery Shrouds Yemen President's Injuries

Renee Montagne talks to Neil MacFarquhar, of "The New York times," about the latest developments in the uprising in Yemen. MacFarquhar is in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, where Yemen's wounded president is receiving treatment. He was wounded over the weekend when the presidential palace was attacked.

4:00am

Wed June 8, 2011
Business

Atari Returns To Focus On Internet, Mobile Games

The arcade video game Pong was cutting edge in 1972. After several deaths and resuscitations, Atari, the company behind Pong, is back again. Atari recently launched an app called Atari's Greatest Hits. It's a collection of classic arcade games — including Asteroids and Battlezone — refitted for mobile screens.

7:08am

Tue June 7, 2011
Europe

French Woman Gets Calls After Politician's Remark

In France, the female name for "regular guy" is Madame Dugenou. And when a presidential candidate said he hoped to convince Madame Dugenou, one French woman listed by that name in the phone book was suddenly bombarded with calls.

6:55am

Tue June 7, 2011
Strange News

Annual Shin-Kicking Contest Draws Crowd

The shin kicking world championships took place over the weekend in Gloucestershire, England. It involves two people kicking each other's shins until one falls over.

6:36am

Tue June 7, 2011
Politics

Rep. Weiner Says He Won't Resign Over Lewd Photo

At a news conference in New York Monday, Rep. Anthony Weiner admitted he sent a lewd photo of himself over the Internet. He also said he carried on inappropriate Internet conversations with a half dozen women. Weiner said he was ashamed and embarrassed, but added he would not resign. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an ethics investigation.

6:28am

Tue June 7, 2011
Middle East

Syria: 120 Government Troops Killed By Gunmen

The Syrian government says armed gangs have killed at least 120 government troops in a town near the Turkish border. The fighting could mark a turning point in what has been a largely peaceful uprising. Government officials have vowed to deal with the killings decisively, and activists say many residents are fleeing in anticipation of a major military attack.

4:37am

Tue June 7, 2011
All Tech Considered

Microsoft, Sony Unveil What's New For Gamers At E3 Gathering

The Electronics Entertainment Expo, which begins Tuesday in Los Angeles, is the annual gathering of the video game industry. An event that was once open to the public, E3 became invitation-only in 2007. It draws video game companies, manufacturers, analysts, media and other entertainment professionals and investors from more than 80 countries, which gather for three days of product demonstrations for video game consoles, handheld devices, computers and tablets.

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4:00am

Tue June 7, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

Linda Wertheimer has business news.

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